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Buying a real Christmas tree does not deplete the forest. It is like buying food or fiber products and is fully reusable

                                                  
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Plantation view by helicopter You see the various stages of growth that occur on a Christmas tree plantation Lennoxville, Quebec

Keeping trees out of landfills means that your Christmas tree will continue to be a valuable resource.

  •  Christmas trees turned into mulch and firewood allow for the recycling of the renewable energy stored in the tree.
   
Most municipalities have a Christmas tree recycling and mulching program.
  • Typically, you can recycle your Christmas tree free of charge at seasonal drop-off locations or directly at landfills.
  • Most programs chip Christmas trees into mulch.
  • The mulch is used in green spaces around the municipality and is often available free of charge to residents.
  • The programs are announced in your local media just after the Holiday season.
  • Please contact your municipality for details.

Alternate Ideas

  • Other ideas of what you can do with your tree include:
  • Use the tree for fish and aquatic habitat near shorelines.
  • Cut into small pieces and use for decorating your plant beds.
  • Use this year’s tree for firewood. Cut the tree into pieces for use at a bonfire.
  • You may want to keep a small piece to start next year’s first holiday fire.
  • In Nova Scotia, trees are used to protect sand dunes from erosion.

If there is no program in your community to reuse Christmas trees, please start a recycling program.

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